into a featured guest’s personal history; the pivotal moments of their childhood and adulthood that defined them and the crucial and sometimes painful decisions they made that forever changed the course of their lives.
I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I co-hosted Mouthy/Messy/Mandatory with Katie Anthony, a weekly podcast where we talk current events, feminism, family, politics, celebrities, and what it’s like to be a woman right now. Listen wherever you get your podcasts!
KUOW’s The Record
I had the chance to speak with Bill Radke of KUOW’s The Record about my essays on Wild Wild Country and the effect Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had on families.
Thank you Jennifer Scharf of Inside Voice for interviewing me and inviting me to record my essay “Not So Glamorous”.